Our Curriculum Offer:
The Curriculum is the means by which Deighton Gates Primary School achieves its objective of educating our pupils in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.
At Deighton Gates Primary School, ‘The Curriculum’ aims to be broad, balanced and ambitious for all. It encompasses all of the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ or what the children learn from the way that they are treated and expected to behave.
Our Curriculum Drivers:
The following drivers underpin our curriculum and are threaded throughout its design.
Shared core values underpin the taught, and hidden, curriculum in order to support our pupils develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives as global citizens.
Knowledge and Long Term Learning
Knowledge is the heart of our curriculum. We understand that knowledge is 'sticky'. In other words, the more pupils know, the easier it is for them to know more. In each subject, content is coherently planned and sequenced towards developing sufficient knowledge and skills in each discipline. Teaching sequences, including the use of knowledge organisers, are designed to promote regular opportunities to revisit learning in order to support the acquisition of knowledge into long term memory. We also focus on developing a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world.
Across the breadth of the curriculum we share, celebrate and study, ‘The best that has been thought and said’ by threading the work of ‘The Greats’ throughout its design in order to instil an ‘appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’
Diversity and Community
We want our children to become effective global citizens and to appreciate the diverse society in which we live. Therefore, our curriculum is designed not only to make effective links with the school’s and local community, but also the wider community. Our curriculum must celebrate diversity and broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of the wider world.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum:
In Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework which focuses on the needs of children from birth to the end of the reception year. The curriculum for this stage has seven areas of learning. The Prime areas are: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. The specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
The Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum:
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum which sets out the statutory objectives for the knowledge, skills and understanding that we teach at Deighton Gates from Year 1 to Year 6.
Core Subjects: English, Maths and Science
Foundation Subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, French (KS2 only), Geography, History, Music, P.E., Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PHSCE) and R.E. (for which we follow the Leeds agreed syllabus)
For each subject, we have developed, and specifically tailored, subject specific milestones which coherently define progression in each subject’s core disciplines; which we refer to as threshold concepts (Based on the Chris Quigley, Essentials Curriculum).
We have also developed detailed long term plans which set out the curriculum sequencing and assessment across each year group.
For further information, please refer to our Subject Specific Curriculum Overviews and Long Term Plans detailed below.